The terrific blogger Don Surber always has good observations about the political scene. He was an editorial writer for a newspaper in West Virginia and has the gift of insight from all those years of practical experience that most media people lack.
He has some optimistic takes on the 2020 election.
He notes that Politico wrote the day before the 2016 election, “Record-breaking early voting fuels Democratic optimism.”
The story said, “More than 46 million votes have been cast in advance of Election Day, breaking records in state after state and suggesting the prospect of a heightened Hispanic turnout that could upend politics in several battleground states.
“While there’s no way to know whether Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump is ahead, the available data about who has voted so far, and where, provides some insight into what the results might hold. There are signs of an unusually diverse electorate, marked by robust Hispanic numbers in places like Florida and Nevada. Women seem to have turned out in disproportionately high numbers in some states. In others, Republicans appear to have made late gains.”
Finally, this post does have some news. Fox News ratings are through the roof.
On Wednesday, its prime-time audience beat every network show except the Masked Singer on Fox.
Heck, The Five at 5 PM drew 5 million viewers and beat everyone except the Masked Singer.
But big numbers at Fox News are nothing new. What is new is Fox News is attracting viewers. Carlson, Hannity, and Ingraham were No. 3, 4, and 5 on cable among people 18-49. Only two baseball games beat them on cable.
In fact the entire Fox News lineup from 5 PM to midnight held top 10 slots in that age bracket.
Carlson was No. 1 among women 18-49.
Among people 18-34, Carlson was No. 3 and Hannity No. 4, and the rest of the Fox News lineup also scored high.
This bodes well for President Trump in that it shows the under-50 crowd is engaged in conservative politics.
Wait a second, that was not silly enough for this post.
WPVI reported, “It’s a heated election season and political conversations can get a little tricky. But in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, a bakery is adding a little levity by making the race more fun and delicious.
“Political cookies flying off the shelves at Lochel’s Bakery in Hatboro. They feature the name and party color of each candidate. The bakery tallies the sales like votes in an unofficial, tasty little poll that’s now sweeping the nation.
“‘Everyone can agree on a cookie,’ says Kathleen Lochel, the owner of Lochel’s Bakery.
“But this is an election year and that means everyone’s picking their cookie on party lines.”
The story also said, “For the past three elections, the sugary sales have accurately predicted the presidential winner.”
And the Lochel woman said, “If the winner was chosen today, from our poll, Donald Trump would blow it out of the water.”
Although he did miss this story: “NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (FOX Carolina) – A squirrel in North Charleston has made his official prediction for the winner of the 2020 presidential election in November.
“Owners of the squirrel, ChrisChris, said they placed 10 nuts in two separate bowls that had each candidate’s name attached to it. Whichever one ChrisChris ate the most hazelnuts out of will be determined the winner.
“The owners said this will be the first election that ChrisChris will participate in. Their first squirrel, Gnocchi the Squirrel, was the original participant, but he recently passed away at the age of 16.
“After munching a little from each bowl, ChrisChris decided that President Trump will win another four years in office.”
Now that cinches it.